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Retail NSC 15 July/Aug 16 Multi-storey car park Elland Steel Structures erected the majority Built by Bourne Parking part of Bourne Construction Engineering acting as both main contractor and steelwork contractor, the station’s new multi-storey car park opened earlier this year. It is operated by Indigo Park Solutions on behalf of Southern Railway. The structure acted as a catalyst for the Waitrose part of the development as once it was open the adjoining surface car park could be closed and the construction of the superstore begin. The car park has four levels, consisting of a ground level and three suspended floors accommodating 1,056 car spaces. Built around a 16m x 7.2m grid, the structure required 960t of steelwork. The braced frame was erected around three concrete cores and it supports pre-cast concrete flooring planks. “Logistics was the biggest challenge on this project as we had to work adjacent to an existing car park and busy railway lines,” says Bourne Parking Project Manager Kevin Clarke. “We had to ensure our cranes didn’t overslew the adjacent car park and railway and we had to erect the steel frame in a sequence which ensured, in the event of an accident, it couldn’t fall on to the rail tracks. This was done by erecting the sections of the car park furthest from the rail lines first, and once we had a stable structure the last bays along the Network Rail boundary were bolted onto this braced frame.” of the frame from outside of the structure’s footprint. “As we had to erect the sales area first, which is below ground level in parts, it was easier to stand the crane just outside of the footprint,” explains Elland Steel Structures Commercial Director Jeremy Shorrocks. “The only exception to this was the initial part of the erection process which involved installing the steelwork furthest from our preferred crane position.” For this part of the work, a temporary ramp was installed to allow the crane access to the sales area. Elland completed the steel programme in May and the Waitrose store is due to be completed in October. The Waitrose store is the largest part of the station upgrade scheme


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